Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal today raised the issue of nominated members being absent from the house proceedings.
Naresh Agarwal said he has not seen the nominated members, including Tendulkar and Rekha, attend the proceedings in this parliament session.
He raised the issue through a ‘point-of-order’ when the House met for the day.
“If they are not coming, does it mean they are not interested and if they are not interested, shouldn’t they resign,” he asked.
Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said this was not a point of order and Agarwal could use his good office to convince the nominated members to be present in the House for a few days.
Agarwal said if the Chair so suggests, he will write to the members on the issue.
On Friday Kurien said Tendulkar last attended the house on December 13, 2013 and Rekha was last seen on February 19, 2014. Kurien said under Article 104 (I) of the Constitution, members have to be on continuous leave for 60 days to attract disqualification. Tendulkar, he said, has been on leave for 40 days and Rekha for 20 days.
The Rajya Sabha secretary general will now write to the cricketer reminding him that if he continues to be absent for the next 20 days he will be disqualified.
Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson PJ Kurien on Friday said the two nominated celebrity MPs,cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actor Rekha,have so far not violated the stipulated rule about attendance.
Pointing out the dismal attendance of celeb MPs nominated to Rajya Sabha,Supreme Court lawyer Harsi Salve expressed his regret saying, “The sad part is Government nominates such people”.
“Government must nominate only those who are serious about legislative work.”
There are almost 12 distinguished persons from the field of knowledge, science art and social service nominated to the Upper house.
Besides Tendulkar and Rekha, other nominated members include Anu Aga, Sambhaji Chhatrapati, Swapan Dasgupta, Roopa Ganguly, Narendra Jadhav, M C Mary Kom, K Parasaran, Gopi Suresh, Subramanian Swamy and KTS Tulsi.
Meanwhile, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar ignored questions related to Agarwal’s statement. Tendulkar was at the launch of his personal app called 100 MB.
When asked about his reaction to the MP’s statements he said that it was not the right platform to talk about it.